SAN DIEGO, California, May 21. THANKS to a trio of talented seniors and a solid swimming team, the Torrey Pines Falcons earned their fourth consecutive girls title at the CIF San Diego High School Swimming and Diving Championships. The Carlsbad Lancers claimed the boys team title. The swimming portion of the competition took place May 16 and 18 at Granite Hills High School; the diving events took place May 17 at San Diego Mesa College.
Torrey Pines senior Kelsey Kafka captured individual titles in the 100 yard breast (1:02.26) and 200 IM (2:04.08). She also swam on the CIF San Diego record-setting 200 medley relay (1:45.52) with seniors McKenna Garfein, Ariel Jordan and junior Crystal Lore--as well as the 400 free relay (3:33.65) with freshman Pina Simone, Jordan and Garfein. Kafka managed all this despite having suffered a fever in the days just prior to the championships.
The Falcons made a clean sweep of the relay events, with the team of juniors Kathryn Yang, Julia Seacat, Simone and Lore coming together for a 1:39.42 in the 200 free.
Three other Torrey Pines swimmers emerged as event champions. Garfein, who is headed to Towson University in the fall, placed first in the 100 back (56.49). Jordan, who will attend Hawai'i, put together a winning 4:57.66 in the 500 free. Lore finished a fingernail's length ahead of Rancho Bernardo senior Alyssa Cable in the 50 free (24.04-24.05).
Cable was involved in another close race, but came out ahead in the 100 fly. She posted a 56.29 to Amanda Sumrow, a Patrick Henry sophomore (56.41). And in the separate diving event, Rancho Bernardo freshman Carly Doi edged out Scripps Ranch's Lydia Johnson for first, 269.05 to 257.30.
Valerie Hull, a junior at Westview, repeated her victories from last year in both the 100 (51.04) and 200 free (1:48.80).
Carlsbad's 200 free quartet of juniors Charlie Dunlap, Austin Heck, Matt Biggs and senior Rich Farley--swimming the third leg--gave the Lancers the only victory of the meet with their 1:27.68. The team of Farley, Biggs, junior Thomas Linker and senior Ken Ikedo came within 6-hundredths of a second relay title with their 3:10.91.
They fell just short to El Camino's team of junior Scott Clausen, seniors Ryan McCauley and Austin Cunniff and sophomore Carlos Narte (3:10.85). They also started off the meet with a first-place 1:37.34 in the 200 medley relay. Clausen picked up an individual title in the 100 back (53.09), and McCauley finished out his high school career with a winning 1:54.82 in the 200 IM.
Carlsbad's Biggs was involved in the closest race of the meet--three swimmers came within 4-hundredths of each other in the 50 free. Ryder Roberts, a senior at Vista, splashed to a first-place 21.53, followed by Biggs (21.55) and Rancho Buena Vista senior David Manney (21.57).
Rancho Bernardo junior Liam Semple was the only double-event champion with his 1:39.01 in the 200 free and 4:29.80 in the 500 free. Another Liam--McCloskey, a sophomore at La Costa Canyon--climbed to the top of the podium after his 46.30 victory in the 100 free.
Drew Aviotti, a senior at San Pasqual, triumphed in the 100 fly (50.50), as did John Randazzo, a junior at Eastlake, in the 100 breast (58.54).
Grossmont senior Tyler Jewel put together 258.50 points to come out ahead in the diving event over Westview's Jake Roth (256.15).
Results: High School State Championships: CIF San Diego 1